E.On to supply power line communications for lighting

E.ON HAS signed an agreement with power line communications company enModus to supply the technology to its customers for lighting control.

Smart lighting is one of the major applications of power line communications and clients using it for that purpose include, from top, high street retailer Claire, Intu shopping malls, Virgin Media and Volvo.

The deal is a major endorsement of the platform.

Smart lighting is one of the major applications of power line communications and clients using it for that purpose include Volvo, Virgin Media, Intu shopping malls and high street retailer Claire’s.

Chepstow-based enModus transforms the existing mains power lines in a building into a communications network.

The first joint installation of the enModus technology was implemented in January at the E.On Research Centre which is part of the RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

The project initially provides connected lighting and occupancy mapping in the building but it’s hoped that more digital services will be added in the future.

Additional smart technologies will be integrated to drive energy efficiency and improve the occupants wellbeing.

EnModus chief Andy Heaton told Lux: ‘E.On is the right partner for us to deliver energy savings to businesses in Europe.

The EnModus power line communications kit at Volvo. Pic: Gordon Routledge

‘They have a vision of transforming yesterday’s power lines into tomorrow’s smart energy networks and we at enModus have Wattwave our patented power line communications technology to deliver that connectivity.’

The smart buildings market is forecast to reach over £16 billion (US$20.8 billion, €18.5 billion) globally by 2022, according to a report by researchers IHS Markit.

 

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